Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

Irwell Race 20th March

We've got the Irwell Race coming up on 20th March at the Burrs Activity Centre - always great racing and hopefully the water won't be quite as high as in November. Normally fine for beginners! Any questions please drop me a line thanks to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irwell Race 20th MarchIrwell Race 20th MarchACCESS
River Irwell, Burrs Activity Centre, Woodhill Road, Bury, BL8 1DA


The course is available from 0930. Competitors are advised to arrive early and walk the course before getting on to practice. It is also advisable to change after practicing and staying warm between the race briefing and getting on for the start of the race.


0930 – 1100 Free practice on river.
0930 - 1030 Late entries in the car park
1030 Race brief in the car park
1130 First sprint run 1 minute intervals
1230 Second Sprint Run 1 minute intervals

Directly after the second sprint run at approx. 1340 there will be the Club Team Race & open Canadian class all starting at two minute intervals. (We can have a break after the Kayak Team Race for clubs to get back to the start if needed)

1600 (approx.) Prize giving

The race timetable and club entry forms are available in the downloads folder under race promotions